November 29, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Media Contact: Kendra Ericson
Tool Factory Inc.
Telephone: (802) 375-6549 Ext. 201
FAX: (802) 375-6860
Email Address: email@example.com
Tool Factory Inc. Introduces Bucket
and Spade Software to Teach Students
Shapes, Patterns, Positions and Directions
Animated beach toys Bucket and Spade visit the ocean with your students,
ages 4 to 7, and provide eight focused activities involving
shape identification, patterns, sequencing and following
directions. Students first select one of four colorful
beach huts that correspond to their age and abilities.
In each hut the eight core activities are presented
at varying levels. As the levels increase, vocabulary
becomes more advanced, patterns are more complex, and
the involved shapes include both 2D and 3D options.
Thirty shapes are covered by the program, and in all
cases, patient instructions and verbal cues are given
for the child, enabling a comfortable learning environment.
Activities Combine Education
Each activity can be tailored to the level of the child, making Bucket
and Spade perfect for inclusion classrooms. The
“Shape Show” is an entertaining way to learn all the
shapes, and includes both written and verbal reinforcement.
In “Hide and Seek,” children are asked by friendly Bucket
to help his pal Spade earn an ice cream cone by correctly
identifying his hiding place. In the “Rock Pool,” students
are asked to follow directions in order to move a crab
past obstacles on a grid. Bucket and Spade
includes entertaining activities such as “What’s in
the Bucket”, “Lost in the Hut”, “Beach Patterns” and
Features for Educators
Educators will appreciate the password-protected “Teachers Area” that makes
the program entirely configurable to meet differentiated
student needs. Activities can be removed from each level
requiring that students focus in certain areas, or entire
levels can be temporarily eliminated for groups with
similar skill levels. Students can be tracked by name
to note progress, and the valuable “Shape Demonstrator”
allows teachers to work with groups or entire classrooms
to highlight specific shapes and their unique features.
Platform and Installation
Bucket and Spade installs
quickly on all Microsoft Windows PCs and Apple Macintosh
computers using OS 8.6 or higher. Individual computer
and network versions are available.
Bucket and Spade is available by calling Tool Factory at (800) 220-8386,
or writing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Single licenses are $59.95, and the networked version
is available for $449.95.
About Tool Factory
Factory is a Vermont publisher and developer of leading-edge
educational software, meeting the needs of educators
and students across a wide range of skill levels and
a woman-owned, Vermont-based small business, Tool Factory’s
goal is to make a difference in American education by
providing superior educational software. The Tool Factory
global markets for the best educational computer applications
available and tailors products to meet the needs of
American educators and students. The staff has also
pioneered its own unique applications designed to fill
niches not addressed in the current educational marketplace.
Teachers, students, and parents join the Tool Factory
staff in testing products to ensure that they are easy
to navigate, fun to use and beneficial to the learning
For press inquiries, please
call Kendra Ericson at (802) 375-6549 or email email@example.com.